San Diego Scuba Guide
San Diego Scuba Guide
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We provide guided SCUBA and Snorkel tours in San Diego area. While on your vacation join our NAUI certified adventure guides and discover the beautiful underwater world of La Jolla Cove. La Jolla diving tops many vacation to do lists. Clear water visibility, gentle rolling waves, kelp beds, underwater caves and an abundance of underwater sea life attracts scuba divers and snorkelers.
La Jolla, California
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2024

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Louise C
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I couldn't give San Diego Scuba Guide a higher recommendation! Davor was incredibly professional, and was perhaps the most safety conscious and attentive dive guide I have ever gone diving with. He was great at pointing out of the critters along the wall we dived, and made sure I was comfortable and happy at all times before, after and during the dive. I would recommend Davor for both experienced and novice divers.
Written February 19, 2020
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Thank you for the top score. Diving in La Jolla can be challenging at times and so it is very important for us to make sure you enjoy the dive and are safe and comfortable.
Written February 24, 2020
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Patrick M
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Solo
Night dive guided by Haley in early January.

She was incredibly helpful in refreshing relevant knowledge pertaining to the dive site, and addressed all specific entry hazards well ahead of time.

The tour was exceptional I would highly recommend these dives to anybody looking for an excellent variety of wildlife. There seemed to be something new and fascinating to look at on almost every juncture.

10/10 and looking forward to coming back.
Written January 5, 2022
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Richard M
Denver, CO7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Solo
Davor was an excellent guide with a strong understanding of the marine protected area dive protocols, changing local currents and conditions and dive site navigation around La Jolla. He recommended diving the La Shores canyon over the Cove given visibility and it was definitely a good call. Davor also communicated well and recommended changes in the dive date given a King tide and wave direction. Here is his pic & ride.
Written November 19, 2020
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Thank you for your compliments and the details about your experience. Diving conditions can be rough in La Jolla in winter time and on those days La Jolla Shores would be a better dive spot than La Jolla Cove. We always recommend to rely on an experienced local guide to make sure your dive is safe and pleasant.
Written December 17, 2020
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AZTravelingMatt
Chandler, AZ43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
Excellent night dive in La Jolla Shores with Davor. Davor is an expert, professional and friendly. We saw a variety of life which Davor pointed out for me as we dove along the canyon wall. Davor also helped supplement my equipment to insure safety and make the experience great.

I would recommend San Diego Scuba Guide for any dive - I will repeat the experience any time.
Written June 24, 2020
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Thank you for the top score. Night dives can be tricky, so we only take out private and semi-private tours. There is a lot to see at Scripps Canyon at night. We always make sure our rental equipment is top-notch and working flawlessly, because this is the last thing you want to think about during your dive. Our instructor always has an extra set of equipment in case diver's personal equipment doesn't work.
Written July 13, 2020
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Sean
Lake Charles, LA16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
I contacted Davor late in the day after we had spent the day at the zoo as a family. Since we finished our other activities for the day I was going to try to book a last minute dive if anyone could take me. Understandably it was too late for diving that day but he told me I could dive first thing in the morning. He took plenty of time to discuss and plan our trip over the phone. He recommended diving at La Jolla Shores since I lacked much dive experience and it had been 4 years since my last dive. He told me it was my choice but since the cove had a lot of kelp which I had never dove in, he didn't want me to get tangled up in the kelp and have problems.

He also strongly suggested I dive only one tank since a 2 tank dive would have put me possibly having less than 24 hours between the dive and my flight home. He could have just taken my money but I could tell he truly cared about my safety. He could have sent me with another divemaster or put me with other divers but he scheduled me for a one on one personal trip because of my limited experience and made special timing arrangements just for me (at no extra cost). He also sent me a link for downloading free video clips from our dive. Afterward he took time to give helpful tips to improve my diving skills and was very patient and positive. I would definitely dive with San Diego Scuba Guide again.
Written July 24, 2020
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Anna B
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
I had a great time diving in La Jolla. First with a day dive in the Kelp Forest (lots of interested sea lions came to see us :-)), then the next day with a long night dive (many octupi).
Davor, our scuba diving guide, took great care of us all and the diving equipment was in a good condition. So it was a very calm and relaxed dive.

The San Diego Scuba Guide is a small family-owned business which is enthousiatic about scuba diving. We were only three divers per guide during the day and at night it was only me.

Thank you very much Davor for the great diving experience. Hope to see you again.
Written August 22, 2021
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cbeadles
Atlanta, GA5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Solo
Davor was a fantastic guide! I was having ear complications and he worked with me to make sure the experience was exactly what I wanted and that my safety was the #1 priority. During the dive, I always felt comfortable and got to see some cool marine life! He took extra time after our dive to provide me with feedback on how to improve my diving. Davor goes above and beyond! Highly recommend!
Written October 14, 2020
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Ear problems are common in scuba diving. There are many things you can do before and during the dive to still be able to descend and have a great experience. At San Diego Scuba Guide we are able to provide personal care and attention to our divers and address the challenges before they become problems and prevent them from diving.
Written December 18, 2020
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Trish V
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Solo
I can't speak highly enough about Davor! When planning my trip a month ago, never having been to the area, he was super informative about the different types of dives you can do depending on your experience/gear you'll be coming with, and what you can expect to experience.

Fast forward to this month where we've already had two dives days (will probably have two more), and Davor was incredibly thorough with his briefings every time. Both dives were shore dives, and he clearly went over how to enter and exit the water with your gear, how to swim to the point of descent, and what to expect at each site. During each dive, he was super attentive and made sure I was feeling fine, keeping up and not too cold.

We ended up seeing seals (one swam with us underwater!), an octopus and and so many starfish and nudibranches! It was a great experience where I felt completely safe in his hands, and I would absolutely dive with him again.
Written August 16, 2020
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RoxanaRojoYantos
Gilbert, AZ86 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
I can’t say enough about Davor! He was patient with all my texts & emails as we coordinated a dive at La Jolla Cove for my 13 yr old son who is NAUI certified. He’s a natural diver but I’m a nervous mama when he’s diving. He helped calm my nerves through all the communication, safety briefing, and cared for Ace as his own. He took time to brief & quiz him. As non-diving parents of a teen diver, we know that Davor did an outstanding job of guiding Ace & making sure he was safe. Plus, they had a great time & he taught him tips & tricks. Thank you, Davor! 🤿🐠🐡 #scubadiver #safety #NAUIcertified
Written August 10, 2020
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lnassau
Long Beach, CA22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Friends
I have been diving all over the world and as a native Californian, several different dive sites along the California coast. What differentiates Davor from all others is his care and attention to detail. He is extremely accommodating, overwhelmingly knowledgeable, and truly loves what he does. My Father and I booked a dive trip in La Jolla cove and felt 100% comfortable with Davor. He cares about his divers and their well being. He wants you to have fun and makes sure you get the most out of the experience. I cannot wait to go diving with him again. I recommended him to anyone looking to dive La Jolla. You are in good hands. Thank you Davor.
Written September 12, 2020
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